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A Novel

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An agent races to stop a chemical attack in this thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.

His name is John Wright, and he’s the most dangerous man in the United States. A millionaire radical with a deep hatred for everything America stands for, he has concocted a scheme that will shatter the very foundation of our democracy—and he’s just crazy enough to pull it off. The only man who can stop him is John Graves, an embittered federal agent whose mission in life is to destroy Wright. He’ll get his chance—or America will burn.
A train races across the Utah desert, carrying a shipment of the deadliest nerve gas known to man. Seven mobsters stop the train, steal the gas, and hand it over to Wright. His target? The Republican National Convention in San Diego, where unleashing the gas will kill one million honest citizens, including the US president. Graves has just one shot to stop Wright—and for the sake of democracy, he’d better not miss.
From “the master of the sci-tech thriller,” this is a terrifying high-speed novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end (Booklist).

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2014 – A daring plot to launch a devastating bio-terror attack on the U.S. is the engine that drives this pulse-pounder Crichton wrote in 1972 under the John Lange pseudonym. Admirers of Crichton's better known scientific thrillers such as Jurassic Park will recognize the opening device; to make what follows seem more realistic, the book begins with a rendering of "the facts" that reads as if it was derived from a government report. Seven mobsters have hijacked a train carrying two canisters containing hazardous chemicals that were subsequently spirited away by helicopter, despite precautions to keep secret the transport schedule. The theft of a half-ton of nerve gas may be at the behest of millionaire John Wright, founder and leader of an extremist political movement, Americans for a Better Nation, and a gifted mathematician and expert in the area of "two-component interactions." The efforts to forestall disaster are appropriately suspenseful, and fans of post-9/11 thrillers will find a welcome alternative in the author's treatment of a familiar storyline set in the recent past.

Customer Reviews

Binary gas thriller!

This story is a not so long page turner - perfect length and a great read! Top of the line story telling here!


One of my favorite Crichton books. I first read it in the mid '70's, and still enjoy it. When I first introduced it to my (then) teenaged son about nine years ago, his first reaction was "Intense".

Happy to see it released as an iBook.

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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 23, 2013
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 172 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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